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MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles

MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles
MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles, © MAD

MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic model for housing in Los Angeles, as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” exhibition at the A+D Museum. Dubbed the "Cloud Corridor," the concept is based on Ma Yansong’s “Shanshui City” philosophy for architecture to "manifest the spiritual essence between people and nature." The vision is the opposite of sprawl, proposing a high-density vertical village made up of nine interconnected residential towers. 


From the architect: Considering Density

Cloud Corridor addresses the concern of sprawl in cities and presents a typological alternative: the high-density vertical village. By reorienting the streets vertically, nine interconnected residential towers redistribute the urban fabric to cohere disparate neighborhoods into a vertical village with public spaces and gardens in the sky. Connective corridors weave circulation between towers to foster a sense of community among residents and activate the towers as a bustling village within the city. Formally, the high-rise tower is a statement of power and social context. Cloud Corridor reconsiders modernism’s residential tower typology and folds in the design philosophy that residential building should respond to nature and emphasize the environment.

Vertical Gardens

Proposed as an urban landmark, Cloud Corridor expresses a devotion to nature. Each floorplate boasts gardens to accompany residential units. The garden patios and courtyards provide a lush environment amid the surrounding urban density, and provide a retreat from the everyday among nature.  Elevated corridors and multi-level garden patios shape the city skyline and provide viewing platforms for residents to overlook the bustling activity below and the natural landscape beyond.


Podium as Park

Adjacent to Museum Row, Cloud Corridor’s speculated site sits above a forthcoming Metro station and provides an opportunity to propel nature into the everyday life of the city. Cloud Corridor’s podium dually serves as a public park and as a transportation hub, providing the site for activity after museum hours. 

The sculpted podium is covered with a grass lawn and punctuated by trees; the transformation of its massing suggest the image of rolling hills. Simultaneously, the podium lifts away from the ground to reveal both a private-access lobby for tower residents and entry for Metro Station patrons.  Merging infrastructure with nature, Cloud Corridor’s podium blurs the boundary between urban landscape and natural scenery. 


The Cloud Corridor challenges the conventional residential typology and transforms everyday urban experiences into opportunities for residents to interact with nature among the growing density in cities

Cloud Corridor is currently on view at the A+D Museum’s inaugural exhibition “Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles” until November 6th, 2015.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Directors in Charge

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Design Team

    Flora Lee, Felix Amiss, Johanna Tan, Wenshen Xie, Colby Suter
  • Area

    35552.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "MAD Architects Envision the Future of Housing in Los Angeles" 28 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Dennis Radtke · November 19, 2015

This is a poor-man's WOHA worsened by a disregard of context. If they're not embarrassed of this, I'll be embarrassed for them.

Mad employee · September 15, 2015

This project was first conceived for a city in South Asia several years ago. The exact exhibited physical model was used in a presentation to that client. It is a crime the group of designers who labored over this concept for many months are not credited here. The “design team” represented in this post should not be credited as designers as their contribution was simply managing the logistics of preparing the project for exhibition in LA.

Polish Pimp · August 31, 2015

the future looks grim!

Yerthur Abanthagney · August 30, 2015

Apartment are nice in a greendcapes digital that no compare reality. Trees is a marketing aspects.

Gay thích đụ lổ đít · August 29, 2015

this is so stupid. only make some vegetables into the facade, and everything has been solved.

Croco Dile · August 29, 2015

"....By reorienting the streets vertically...."

Again architects nonsense !
Do people walk like that ? >>

Mr Konstantine · August 29, 2015

Why do everyone hates MAD ?

Tramp · August 29, 2015

Let's throw some trees and green all over it and pretend it's not what it is.

Transgender skyscrapers-the new strategy to keep going with the 'towers and vertical density solve everything' old and tired theology.

Hello · August 29, 2015

Skyscrapers don't have any connection with the city around them. So if you want to make a city greener you musn't build green scyscrapers.

spamsushi · August 29, 2015

I think the future will be cracked concrete, dust, tumble weeds and a severely reduced population.

Kevin · August 28, 2015

fun fact: California is in a drought....and you propose covering the building in vegetation.

James M · August 28, 2015 11:51 PM

Well, the rich can have as much water as they want- and this doesn't look like low-income housing to me


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